Archive for the ‘Buying a Puppy’ Category

Some Tips on Choosing a Puppy – Part 1

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

We are lucky enough here at Mollys that a good chunk of our time in the store is spent with new puppies, answering questions for first time owners on getting started and helping them choose the right food, bed, toys, a suitable collar etc.. its really great fun and we love it! :)

We often get asked the same things over and over so I thought it may be useful for our online readers to post them to our blog.
Choosing to share your life with an animal is a huge commitment and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Therefore before we even get started on the topics of rescue vs breeder, what size or breed is right for you and so on, you need to sit down with the whole family to discuss the following:

1. Can we afford a dog?

Costs include food, grooming (depending on the breed, some coats need maintenance every 5 weeks!) , insurance, vaccinations, kenneling while on holidays, medication if they get sick or injured, daycare if you work long hours (more on this later) toys… the list goes on!

2. Are we willing to commit to a dog for life?

I’m saying dog as they don’t stay cute little puppies for very long. Are the kids pressuring you as they want a “puppy” to play with, or are you all willing to care for a dog for the next possibly 15 years or so of its life? Dogs are not disposable, they are no doubt a joy but you have to be willing to be a responsible owner, even if the kids get bored.

3. Are we willing to train, play with, spend time with and EXERCISE a dog every day?

Oh and they poop too, that needs picking up both on walks and around the back garden.

4. Do we physically have enough space in the house for a dog?

If renting, are pets allowed? how easy is it to find places that do allow pets if we decide to move?

If you have answered yes to all of the above (or even better, YES!! Definitely!!!) then congratulations on making an informed and well thought out decision to become a dog owner! Please check back soon for part two of our tips on choosing a puppy.

The Truth About Puppy Farms In Ireland

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

I know that usually we blog about new products, cute visitors to our pet shop or pet nutrition… but we genuinely care about the welfare of our own and our customers animals, so would like to take this opportunity to let people know some shocking facts about puppy farms right here in Ireland.

You may be disgusted to hear that Irish puppy farms currently export about 30,000 dogs to the UK. These shocking figures mean that Ireland has been dubbed the “puppy farm capital of Europe”. Ex puppy farm dogs can have a whole range of issues ranging from health complications due to poor breeding and unsanitary conditions to behavioral problems due to lack of socialisation. The breeding dams (the mothers) often spend their whole lives in small pens churning out litter after litter with little or no exercise, natural light or even fresh air.

We have met some ex farm “breeding machines” in our store who have been rescued by families and they are lovely, gentle creatures enjoying every minute of their new surroundings – but sadly, many rescued from farms are too traumatised and need to be put out of their misery.

Have a look at this recent Ear to the Ground episode on RTE where some farmers did a quick tidy up in an effort to friendly up and justify their sick business.

There is one reason these farmers are in business – TO MAKE MONEY. Dogs are not cattle and farming them like cattle is unethical and cruel. Oh and saying a dog will not mind not getting out of its pen to exercise because its “used to it” is just plain stupid. Children can get “used to” being beaten but that doesn’t make it acceptable.

A lot of the time, people buy puppy farmed dogs without realising. Some of the oldest tricks in the book are to offer to meet you halfway at the side of the road somewhere, or to move the litter in question in to a separate viewing room so everything appears to be ok. Also unfortunately the sight of a sickly or frightened looking puppy can often tug at the heart strings and people hand over the cash to “rescue” the puppy from the situation. This is NOT you rescuing the puppy, it is simply supporting greedy farmers who are relying on soft hearted people to fork out for a sick puppy… be strong – WALK AWAY.  I’m sorry to say I’ve lost count of the number of puppies we’ve met in our store who have become seriously ill or died within weeks of them being purchased. This is also the case for some of the puppies featured in this RSPCA expose:

This process is costly, traumatic (especially for families with children) and can be easily avoided. I will blog soon with tips how to go about choosing a puppy, but for now I need to go home and cuddle my precious dogs.

The Dog Breeding Establistments Bill is currently being debated in the Dail. Well done to ANVIL, the ISPCA, and all involved for getting this far.